Robbie Neilson issues Hearts challenge to make ‘really good season’ a ‘great’ one after reaching Scottish Cup final

16 Th4 2022 | 16:26 | Football

Robbie Neilson challenged his Hearts players to turn a ‘really good’ season into ‘great’ by winning Scottish Cup.

It was a remarkable campaign for Jambos, who were only promoted back to the top division from Championship A year ago.

With third place in Premiership has been secured, NeilsonTheir men secured their second Edinburgh derby win in the space of a week by beating Hibs 2-1 at Hampden.

Victory, led by stunning hits from Ellis Simms and Stephen Kingsley, sends Heart reach the final of the Scottish Cup, where they will meet Celtic or Rangers for the trophy next month.

It has been a pretty good season for the club, but the manager wants it to be even better.

Neilson told Premier Sports: “Obviously delighted to win the derby, those are the two things that await now.

“I thought it was a really tough game, to be honest I don’t think we played well at all.

“Credit to the players, they managed to dig out.

“Absolutely delighted to get through, it’s been a good season, it’s turned out to be a really good season, can we now go back to Hampden and make it a great season? Give yourself that chance.”

Besides securing another victory over their major rivals and reaching the national cup final, Hearts’ victory also has continental implications.

It has secured Hearts a group stage in Europe next season.

They will enter Europa League qualifying, but even if it doesn’t go the way Jambos wanted, they’ll still be in Europa Conference League suitable.

Neilson believes that could be the starting point for Hearts to continue to grow as a club for years to come.

He added: “We’ve secured the European group stage which is now huge for the club.

“It’s a case of spending wisely, we’re not going crazy, but we can put a bit more into the budget and the aim is to do it well but position ourselves to do it.” That’s every year so we can grow.

“It will take 2/3/4/5 years but this is the beginning.”

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